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K2 GONDOGORO LA TREK

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Nowhere in the world one can witness four above eight thousand meters peaks including the mount 8611m K-2, 8068m Hidden Peak, 8047m Broad Peak, and 8035m Gasherbrum II in such a small portion where feast the eyes with nature’s superlative in the grandest mountains scenery in the world.
Starting this world’s most rewarding trek from Askole village, in six days we will reach Concordia, the junction of Godwin Austin, Vigne and Baltoro glaciers. After having a day optional excursion to K-2 from Concordia, the trek will mount up to the spectacular 5650m Gondogoro La, unparallel in the world for its breathtaking mountain panorama. Hushe village is the culminating point of this trek from where a jeep drive will take us to Skardu.

 Let have an exiting spirit of adventure under the blue sky.

Itinerary

Day 01:     Arrive Islamabad

Arrive at Islamabad International Airport. Welcome by Blue Sky staff company guide and transfer to Hotel. First we will have lunch and proceed for sightseeing trip will take you to the twin cities of modern capital Islamabad and the old city Rawalpindi. Overnight will be in hotel.

Day 02:  Flight to Skardu

Early hours transfer to airport for flight to Skardu, which is very spectacular mountain flight but very dependent on weather conditions. Alternately, we take two day drive to Skardu, along the Karakorum Highway. We stay overnight at Chilas, over heading by the Nanga Parbat, the second highest peak in Pakistan.

Day 03:  Skardu (2350m)

In case the flight operate than we have a free day for sight-seeing, acclimatization and preparations at Skardu, the capital of Baltistan and the gateway to great Karakorum mountains.

If we are driving the road journey today will be 7-8 hrs to Skardu (275km) along the Indus River. On route are spectacular views of Nanga Parbat (8125m), Haramosh peaks etc. Afternoon breifing in the Ministry of Tourism, Skardu. Meals and overnight hotel.

Day 04: Drive to Askoli (3050m)

Having an early breakfast we start our jeep journey(7-8 hrs) along the Shigar and Braldu valleys to Askoli village (3050m), the last permanent settlement of Shigar Valley. This seven hours hard drive is an extremely spectacular and fascinating journey through little changed traditional villages and orchards. Overnight in tents.

Day 05: Trek to Jhola (3200m)

After an early breakfast and distribution of luggage among porters, we start the trek (6 hrs) and walk along the turbulent waters of the Braldu River towards Jhola(3200m). Most of the trek is an easy walk on established trails except the rocky snout of the Biafo Glacier which we cross and continue to up to Jhola camp site situated just after the confluence of the Braldu and Dumordo Rivers. Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 06: Trek To Paiju (3450m)

We leave Jhola early for Paiju (3450m). Most of the way is easy mainly at riverside of Braldu River. 7 – 8 hours  walking in a hot and dry conditions and crossing many side streams we will reach Paiju afternoon. The Masherbrum group on our right side and whilst ahead of us we gradually begin to see the spires and towers of Trango and Cathedral groups. Today we will also see the snout of the Baltoro Glacier. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 07: Paiju

A relaxation, acclimatization and preparations day at Paiju.  Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 08:  Trek to Urdukas (4200m)

Today we will cross the Baltoro Glacier which is hard but rewarding with the fascinating views of   Paiju Peak, Trango Towers, Lobsang Spires, Grand Cathedral, Uli Biafo and many other needle like rock peaks.. We cross the glacier to the southern side and continue along an ablation valley to our campsite at Urdukas.   Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 09:  Trek to Goro (4300m)

Trek to Goro from Urdukas is easy due to the bare glacier. There are breathtaking views all around us. Heading ahead there are Broad Peak (8047m) and Gasherbrum IV (7925m) on the right side the Mashabrum Group and the left the Trango group of peaks situated. 4-5 hours trekking and overnight in tents.

Day 10: Trek to Concordia (4650m)

After three to four hours trek, today, we will reach Concordia, the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. All around us guarding by the world’s highest peaks including the K2 (8611m) the second highest mountain in the world, Gasherbrum I (8068m), Broad Peak(8047m), Gashabrum-II (8035m) and Chogolisa (7665m). We will camp at the confluence of the Baltoro and Godwin Austin Glaciers.

Day 11: Rest/Exploration Day

A free day at Concordia can be use to trek up to K-2 BC or Gasherbrum base camp or just make a rest day at camp site.

Day 12 Ali Camp (5030m)

We leave Concordia and traverse towards Gondogoro La. The portion is difficult with crevasses. Once on the Vigne Glacier it is a comparatively easy and gradual walk over snow and ice up to the camp. We will sleep early to wake up very early tomorrow.

Day 13: Over Gondogoro La (5650m)

We leave Ali Camp at midnight to climb the Gondogoro La with crisp snow. In the first hours we will walk on the lateral moraines to avoid the crevasses and with near to the pass walk on snow up to the pass using fixed ropes as well as crampons and ice axes. With sun rising we will be at the top of the pass. 5650m high Gondogoro La offers breathtaking mountain panorama including K-2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrums, Mashabrum and many more. After 8 to 9 hours we will reach at Khuispang,  a grassy spot embellished with the views of Laila Peak (6063m)

Day 14:  Rest day at Khuispang (4629m)

Day 15:  Dalsangpa (4150m)

Three to four hours descend  onto the Gondogoro Glacier and lovely stroll through wild flowers, with striking views of Yermandu Kangri (7555m), Mashabrum (7821m), and the glaciers flowing down. Campsite is pleasant with wildflowers and streams.

Day 16: Trek to Saischo (3350m)

Easy four hours walking on the fixed trails through the summer pastures we will reach  Saischo, the meeting point of Saraksa and Gondogoro valleys. The night here always be celebrated by multicultural peoples gathered here for the night.

Day 17: Trek to Hushe (3050m)

Three to four hours trek through summer pastures and shepherd huts and along the Gondogoro River, enjoying spectacular views of K6 (7282m), K7 (6934m), and Linksar (7041m) we reach Hushe village. Overnight and meal in camp.

Day 18: Drive to Skardu

5-6 hours jeep ride will take us to Skardu along the Shyok and Indus Rivers. Afternoon de-breifing at Ministry of Tourism, Skardu. Meals and overnight at hotel.

DAY 19: Flight to Islamabad

Transfer to airport for flight to Islamabad if the flight operate, otherwise drive (9 hours) to Chilas along the Karakorum Highway. Meals and overnight at hotel.

DAY 20:     Islamabad

Free day in Islamabad or drive to Islamabad from Chilas for 12 hours.

Day 21:  Onward

Transfer to airport for international departure flight.

SERVICES  INCLUDED

  1. Airport to hotel on arrival & hotel to airport on departure
  2. Hotel accommodation with bed & breakfast in Islamabad on double occupancy basis 03 nights.
  3. Islamabad Local Transport
  4. Flight ticket or Transportation from Islamabad / Skardu/Islamabad with all trekking luggage’s
  5. Hotel to airport on departure for Skardu
  6. Skardu Airport to hotel
  7. Three nights in Skardu Hotel with full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  8. Jeeps Skardu/ Askoli/ Hushe/ Skardu
  9. Wages, insurance, food of cook,
  10. Wages, insurance, food, of   porter Sirdar
  11. Trekking permit fee. $100 per person
  12. Full board camping food during trek
  13. Briefing &  de- briefing in the Ministry of tourism.
  14. Mess tent, Kitchen tent, table, chairs & kitchen equipment Member tent and Mattress
  15. Assistance in obtaining trekking permit & other documentations
  16. Porter payment
  17. Camping fees, road taxes & bridge crossing of trekking members & porters
  18. Porters Equipment
  19. Porter food and kerosene oil for porter
  20. Insurance, of porters, Guide, Cook & Helper
  21. Wages, Insurance, equipment and Transportation of Guide
  22. Gondogoro La rescue Charges
  23. Karakoram National Park fee

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

  1. Sleeping bags, rucksacks and personal clothing equipment.
  2. Medication, ground evacuation and helicopter rescue Deposit US$15,000/ charges of any kind.
  3. Room services, laundry charges, beverages and items of personal nature.
  4. Phone /communication bills.
  5. Insurance or liability of any members.
  6. Islamabad , Hotel Lunch and Dinner

Terms and Conditions

RESERVATIONS/PAYMENTS:

A non-refundable deposit of $300 or 15% of the tour is required in order to make a reservation with the company. Total balance is due 3 weeks prior to departure. When price once fixed then any extra expenses will be charged to the client.

MODE OF PAYMENT:   Bank Transfer:

Name of the Bank: Askari Bank Limited Kushu Bagh
Branch Skardu
Account Title: Blue Sky Treks & Tours
Account No: PK19 ASCM 0002 1901 0000 4810
Swift Code: ASCMTKKA

CANCELLATION & REFUND

Before 3 weeks prior to departure, the deposit is non-refundable. Within 3 weeks, 50%, whichever is less, is non-refundable. Once the tour starts 100% is non-refundable. There will be no refund for unused services.

CHANGES TO ITINERARY:

The Blue Sky Treks & Tours have made attempts to make the itineraries accurate but the company has reserved the right to change itinerary under unfavourable conditions. In such circumstances the company will provide similar alternatives. We welcome any changes before final booking.

BAGGAGE:

On treks and safaris 20 kg and on expeditions 50kg will be free.

LIABILITIES:

The Blue Sky Treks & Tours will do its best to make the tours comfortable and secure. However, the company shall not responsible for any kind of injury, damage, death, loss, accident, delays, public disturbances, and all those that beyond our control.

INSURANCE AND TRAVEL RISKS:

It is important for the clients to purchase a travel insurance package in their own country, hence no foreigner will be able to purchase an insurance in Pakistan. Trekking, expedition, tours, safari may involve risks and several other factors that cannot be foretold. Medical emergencies, natural calamities are common in high altitudes and we like to be assured that our clients are insured against helicopter evacuations, trip cancellations, and personal accidents so that they don’t have to suffer.

It is to be noted that the company shall not bear any losses or provide compensation in case the guest’s insurance doesn’t cover any or all aspects of the trip.


Fixed Departure K2 Gondogoro La  – 2018

  • 20th June 2018
  • 5th July 2018
  • 12th August 2018

FACT SHEET

No. of Days: 21
Season: June- September
Grade: Challenging 
Zone: Permit
Region: Karakoram
Max Altitude: 5650M